I am very excited to report that I am once again connected to the technological world. My land line and DSL service are 100% up and running.
When I first installed the XS house I installed a cell phone booster made by Wilson Electronics along with a 800 and 1900Mhz directional antenna. This setup works about 80% of the time for data and 100% of the time for voice. Frankly, the data rate is spotty and it’s just not good enough for full-time living.
My lot had an old pole with 2 wires that were connected to the phone lines at the street so I called Verizon to come out and hook them up. Speaking with my neighbor, I learned that his house is the last one with DSL. Since my lot is closer to the central office than his, I too could get DSL.
Two weeks ago, the Verizon tech showed up and checked out the lines. He connected a box to the lines and went back to the office and ran some tests. After about 40 minutes came back and said that I was not getting hooked up and there was some issue with their internal systems but the lines were fine.
The next day I got a robocall for a Verizon service call the next Monday. The next day I got another for the next Tuesday. Well Monday and Tuesday came and went without my phone getting installed. I call into their support hotline and learn that the tech has no idea who sent out the robocalls and that nothing had been done on my job (perfect!). The tech schedules a call for yesterday which went off without a hitch.
When I got home I ran a piece of phone cable thru the woods to the pole. Since I’m building another house this installation is temporary so I’m just sort of running my pump and phone wires thru the woods under some pine needles and leaves…don’t try this at home :).
For some reason my DSL modem would not work. Lights were blinking but nothing was happening. The power adapter I had may not have been the one that came in the modem box and it was not rated at 1 amp. Stupid me, I should have kept all the phone stuff together. Since I was going to run the thing off 12V anyway, I just cut the end off and wired on a 12V plug. With the 12V plug things started working better but I still could not connect to the DSL service.
Figuring that my crappy wire thru the woods was the culprit, I moved everything to my truck and connected directly to the pole which worked as expected. After inspection of the wiring, I noticed that my green wire was not pushed in very far into the terminal and may have actually been loose. With that fixed and the DSL modem back in the house, I was able to get DSL service back in the house.
The Verizon activation screen prompted me for an order number and zip code which I entered with no success (several times). After trying several order numbers without success, I had to call tech support. After 15 minutes of listening to a recording tell me how important my call was to them, I got a nice lady from India to help me. She provided me with an order number that was not on any paperwork that I had and the activation process got started.
One issue I ran into was with OSX 10.8’s security settings. I was not able to run the application needed to complete activation. I had to adjust the settings from the control panel and then it ran just fine.
Several runs on Speedtest.net showed that I was getting 2.5mb down and .8mb up which is a pretty respectable connection. My system monitor shows that the DSL modem draws about 350 milliamps (.35 amps) which is about the same as the cell phone booster. There are a lot of lights on this modem, I might see about opening it up and disconnecting them to save power. I’m thinking that each light draws about 5 to 10ma, disabling six of them might save me 50ma. Thats 1.2 amp hours per day power savings. Probably a little extreme but why spend the power if I don’t have to?
Signature Scavenger Hunt
This morning I got the last signature needed for my building permit from the fire chief. Wednesday afternoon I will be visiting his brother the building inspector with a set of plans to pick up my building permit. Let the games begin…
This morning I expect the septic installer to be on site digging holes…will post pics.